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Judge orders medical records to be turned over in racist graffiti case

The defense for Raymond Stevens has been ordered to provide a state forensic examiner with all medical records relating to a gunshot wound the former Concord resident inflicted on himself last fall after being charged with defacing the homes of refugee families.

Stevens has been under house arrest since November, when he shot himself in the head while out on bail. He appears to have somewhat recovered physically from the injury, but his attorney has questioned his ability to stand trial.

Prosecutor David Rotman has filed three motions since April requesting that additional records be turned over to Dr. Steven Rubenzer, who is completing a competency report. He has also asked that Rubenzer be allowed to speak directly with the doctors who treated Stevens – a point to which public defender Melinda Siranian has objected.

Siranian said in an objection in July that she had provided Rubenzer with the “relevant documents regarding the medical treatment Mr. Stevens received.”

Judge Richard McNamara of Merrimack County Superior Court said in an order Wednesday that Rubenzer can reach out to Stevens’s former doctors, but only through writing that is shared with Siranian. He directed Siranian to obtain and turn over all treatment records.

Stevens, 43, was present at the court Wednesday for a dispositional conference on the dispute. He and his wife declined to speak with reporters.

A competency hearing has yet to be scheduled.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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